From preserved historical sites to agritourism hotspots to wineries, breweries, and distilleries, Traverse City is blessed with an abundance of out-of-the-ordinary event venues. Only in Traverse City do you get to choose from hosting an event on the grounds of a renovated former asylum or a hilltop overlooking vines and the blue waves of Grand Traverse Bay. The hardest part is choosing which venue to go with!
This is a Foodie Town, so naturally there are lots of great restaurants offering meals to go for Thanksgiving. Whether you’re local or visiting, here's a list of restaurants to choose from.
This summer and fall there were plenty of outdoor dining and drinking options around Traverse City. But now what happens when it's colder (and snowy)? It's northern Michigan, so we are used to adapting to the seasons! Our answer to late fall and early winter temperatures is to stay outside, but do it warmly in a yurt, an igloo, a tent or by a fire. These are all available at area restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries.
Mural artwork by Bobby MaGee Lopez
Traverse City and the surrounding towns of northern Michigan exist on the lands of the Anishinaabek, also known as the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Football season certainly won’t look the same this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t capture the good vibes of a tailgate or the thrill of a win. It’s time to get creative and discover the ways to enjoy fall fun in Traverse City.
The first hint of the winter season is always celebrated in northern Michigan with the epic Iceman Cometh Challenge. We love to cheer on the brave souls who race 30 miles through whatever Mother Nature throws at them: snow, wind, rain, and even the namesake ice. (Though, to be fair, every so often they do get a sunny day.) We love to see the mud splattered champions emerge from the woods, breathless but victorious. And boy to we love raising a glass of Bell's beer at the end of it all.
Fall is nearly upon us, and wineries on the Traverse Wine Coast are gearing up to celebrate another beautiful harvest season. Of course, this year things are a little different, with masks, reservations, and other safety procedures in place. We asked some of the wineries around northern Michigan—including MAWBY, Black Star Farms, and Chateau Chantal—what to expect while wine tasting this fall.
Northern Michigan is a hub for talented artists, with galleries and museums to explore, street art to admire, and a gorgeous natural backdrop to it all. We caught up with local artist Heather Spooner of Ampersand Lettering Lab to get the scoop on the TC art scene.
The City of Traverse City was incorporated on May 18, 1895, making her 125 years old! Let’s celebrate her with a memorable and fun virtual Quarantine Quasquicentennial birthday party. Together, but apart, we will toast 125 years to our favorite Queen City of the North.